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Archive for February 3rd, 2013

One church in England has put together a series of videos that deal with the question of faith and science.  The unique feature of this series is that they are all done by scientists. Another unique feature is that they are all short (no more than 3 minutes) and easy to understand.  There may be a few things I might say differently in a few of these videos but overall they are very helpful.  Here’s the introductory one.

To see all twelve of them go here.

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Aaron Armstrong announces, “Cruciform Press’ latest book, Brass Heavens: Reasons for Unanswered Prayer, is now available and it’s among the strongest titles released yet. While I’ll be offering more substantial thoughts in a future post, the following (adapted from a few highlights in my ePub edition) is too important to not share:

[Our] relationship to God as Father is alive, rich, nuanced, dynamic, and personal. Our behavior certainly can influence this relationship. Although God the Father will never disown or reject us as his children, our behavior can please or displease him in a thousand different ways.

To be on the wrong side of God as judge is to be headed for eternal punishment—absolute disaster. But to be on the wrong side of God as Father because our sin has displeased him is not to be outside his love, care, and mercy in the slightest

However, though our sin does not change the reality of our newfound relationship with God, it does impact our father/son or father/daughter relationship with him. . . . When God the Father chastens his children the goal is always restorative—never punitive. To say it again, God does not punish his children—he disciplines them

The discipline of God is an evidence of his love, not hatred. If God does not discipline you when you go astray “then you are illegitimate children and not sons” (v 8). Therefore, do not be made anxious by the presence of discipline in your life. Be frightened by its absence.

Aaron comments, This is crucial for us to remember: If God loves us, He will discipline us in order to be conformed more and more to the image of Christ. It’s not always pleasant, but it’s essential for our growth as believers.”

If you want to pick up a copy of this great book, head over to CruciformPress.com or Amazon to order your copy. And if you’ve got a blog, Cruciform Press is running a blog tour for Brass Heavensso, if you want to receive a free digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, sign-up at the link!

 

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Never quit

Where are you tempted to quit? What goal have you already given up for 2013 that you need to start pursuing with new passion?  Praying more regularly?  Reading God’s Word daily?  Talking to a soul about the gospel at least once a week?  Or some other goal in your life?

Where do you need to apply this truth in your life today?

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Shona writes, “This is a question we are all familiar with as believers. We echo it from our own hearts and we hear it around us. There are countless examples of “it”, but I want to focus on one that is particularly perplexing to young people.”

Read on for her answer

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“Set faith at work on Christ for the killing of your sin. His blood is the great sovereign remedy for sin-sick souls. Live in this, and you will die a con­queror; yea, you will, through the good providence of God, live to see your lust dead at your feet.”

~John Owen~ Overcoming Sin & Temptation (Wheaton, IL; Crossway; 2006) p. 131.HT: Old Guys

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Better never late

“As it is, we in this world cannot get away from the unpunctual, nor get them away from us, and therefore we are obliged to put up with them; but we should like them to know that they are a gross nuisance, and a frequent cause of sin, through irritating the tempers of those who cannot afford to squander time as they do.

Punctuality is one of the minor moralities, but it is one which every young man should carefully cultivate. The very smallness of the virtue makes its opposite vice the less excusable. It is as easy to be in time as it is to be five minutes late when you once acquire the habit. Let it be acquired by all means, and never lost again. Upon that five minutes will depend a world of comfort to others, and every Christian should consider this to be a very weighty argument.

We have no right to cause worry and aggravation to others, when a little thoughtfulness on our part would prevent it. If the engagement be for twelve o’clock, we have no authority to make it 12.5, and by doing so we shall promote nobody’s happiness. That odd five minutes may create discomfort for ourselves throughout the entire day, and this perhaps may touch the sluggard a little more keenly than any less selfish consideration.

He who begins a little late in the morning will have to drive fast, will be constantly in a fever, and will scarcely overtake his business at night; whereas he who rises in proper time can enjoy the luxury of pursuing his calling with regularity, ending his work in fit season, and gaining a little portion of leisure. Late in the morning may mean puffing and blowing all the day long, whereas an early hour will make the pace an easy one. This is worth a man’s considering. Much evil comes of hurry, and hurry is the child of un-punctuality.

The waste of other people’s time ought to touch the late man’s conscience. A gentleman, who was a member of a committee, rushed in fifteen minutes behind the appointed hour, and scarcely apologized, for to him the time seemed near enough; but a Quaker, who happened also to be on the committee, and had been compelled to wait, because a quorum could not be made up to proceed with the business, remarked to him, “Friend, thou hast wasted a full hour. It is not only thy quarter of an hour which thou
hast lost, but the quarter of an hour of each of the other three; and hours are not so plentiful that we can afford to throw them away.”

We once knew a brother whom we named “the late Mr. S____,” because he never came in time. A certain tart gentleman, who had been irritated by this brother’s unpunctuality, said that the sooner that name was literally true the better for the temper of those who had to wait for him. Many a man would much rather be fined than be kept waiting. If a man must injure me, let him rather plunder me of my cash than of my time. To keep a busy man waiting is an act of impudent robbery, and is also a constructive insult. It may not be so intended, but certainly if a man has proper respect for his friend, he will know the value of his time, and will not cause him to waste it. There is a cool contempt in unpunctuality, for it as good as says, “Let the fellow wait; who is he that I should keep my appointment with him?”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon. The following excerpt is from The Sword and the Trowel, 1880, “On Being In Time,” page 172. HT: Pyromaniacs

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